Readers who met Valentina Ivanova in The Russian Concubine will be fascinated to uncover her tempestuous story. Furnivall sweeps readers full circle, taking them to turn-of-the-20th-century Russia and right into a glittering whirl of tsarist St. Petersburg. Her vivid descriptions and the shimmering beauty and treachery of the era combine with a memorable love story that will speak to readers’ hearts and minds.

Even though Valentina Ivanova is the epitome of what Russian society views as the ideal, she is not interested in what society thinks. She wants to train as a nurse and instead of entering a nicely arranged marriage to a Russian count, she falls in love with a Danish engineer, Jen Friis. Surrounded by rumblings of rebellion and secret Bolshevik plots Valentina must make choices that affect those she loves: the crippled sister she is determined to protect, Jen and their child. (BERKLEY, Aug., 420 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin